Kathleen Marden and Denise Stoner’s new volume The Alien Abduction Files has had a special appeal and interest to Yours Truly since over a half a century ago when I became embroiled in the UFO phenomena. Famous UFO researcher the late Dr. J. Allen Hynek wanted me to become a partner in his research organization, an invitation I declined. Furthermore, I spent scores of hours on WOR Radio with Long John Nebel who interviewed many individuals involved in UFO experiences. As far as sightings of UFO’s are concerned there is no doubt in my mind that some small percentage is legitimate. I have spoken to many pilots who insist that they have sighted vehicles that they have never seen before and were unable to explain. As I said before, “God forbid we are the only intelligence in the universe.”
Martin and Stoner’s volume deals with a special offshoot of UFO sightings and that is the alien abduction phenomena. They recount the famous story about Betty and Barney Hill. As the authors point out what brought this to light was that were being treated by a prominent psychiatrist Dr. Benjamin Simon who specialized in “deep trance hypnosis” whatever that means
For intriguing reasons the authors have built on this and gathered the experiences and memories surrounding two special cases that have been confirmed or in some way supported by many witnesses. They seem to have substantial evidence of a alien abduction UFO type experience. The book is written in great detail and will hold your interest throughout.
The book is a well written text however,the reader will realize that hypnosis has played but the major role in extracting and clarifying the memories. Fortunately, the authors stress that these memories may not be accurate. This is an important key since a majority of UFO “experts” have for years relied on hypnosis as their tool.
My position on hypnosis has been pretty well established since the 1970’s. Over 50 years Yours Truly was one of the founding members of the Association to Advance Ethical Hypnosis which had at that time the largest membership of any hypnosis organization in the Western world. When Yours Truly left the organization he had come to the conclusion since supported by many behaviorists hypnosis does not exist, it is pure suggestion. That being the case, the idea those memories can be pulled out of the unconscious while under hypnosis becomes ludicrous.
Incidentally, the public a few decades a ago was saturated not only with alien abduction memories being uncovered but also, the uncovering of multiple personalities ala, The Three Faces of Eve and Sybil. Apparently, under hypnosis in demonstrations a prominent psychiatrist was able to awaken in Sybil dozens of personalities. Thank goodness in 2011 in a book by Debbie Nathan titled Sybil Exposed it was realized that the whole scenario was fraudulent. There were no personalities. Sybil admitted that she with encouragement and persuasion of certain experts had crafted an absolutely false story. Has the Alien Abduction Files convinced me that some individuals have been abducted? No, not in the slightest. “Yes, I strongly suggest you read the book, but when you are finished remember this… It is a wise hypnotist who knows who is hypnotizing whom”